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blood moon

Earth's moon during a total lunar eclipse, that is, when a full moon is in exact alignment with the Earth and the sun, with Earth in between the two. Light refracted off of Earth's atmosphere appears on the moon in a dark-red hue, hence the name "blood moon." It is referred to in the Bible (Revelation 6:12–14) as a sign of the end of the world, and so it is regarded by many as an ill omen. The wind was howling, the sky was pitch black, and a blood moon loomed heavy over our heads. I knew something bad was coming our way.
See also: blood, moon

think (someone) hung the moon and the stars

To consider someone to be extraordinary, the best, or exceptionally wonderful. Your little sister absolutely adores you; she thinks you hung the moon and the stars!
See also: and, hung, moon, star, think

the moon on a stick

Anything and everything that one desires or can imagine wanting (i.e., above and beyond what would be normal or appropriate). Jim was so smitten with his co-worker that he'd probably try to get her the moon on a stick if she asked for it. Jonathan always wants the moon on a stick when it comes to relationships.
See also: moon, on, stick

bark at the moon

To make appeals in vain. Good luck talking to the principal, but I think you'll just be barking at the moon—I doubt you'll get a better grade.
See also: bark, moon

blue moon

A long, albeit vague, period of time. Often used in the phrase "once in a blue moon." I haven't seen you in blue moon, Pete! What are you doing these days?
See also: blue, moon

cast beyond the moon

To consider unlikely or fantastical possibilities. Primarily heard in UK. I want you to cast beyond the moon as you dream about your future! May your wildest dreams come true!
See also: beyond, cast, moon

cry for the moon

To make an impractical or unreasonable request, especially one that is unlikely to happen. Oh, you want a later curfew, huh? Well, you're crying for the moon—11 o'clock is late enough!
See also: cry, moon

go between the moon and the milkman

To flee overnight, so as to avoid pursuit (often by creditors). The moon represents the night, and the milkman the morning. Primarily heard in Australia. Looks like Joe went between the moon and the milkman. He was here after dinner but he's gone this morning.
See also: and, moon

ask for the moon

To make requests or demands that are (or are perceived to be) extraordinary or unreasonable. I just asked them if we could go to lunch a little earlier, and they're acting like I'm asking for the moon! I'm not taking out all the green jellybeans for him, he's asking for the moon!
See also: ask, moon

be over the moon

To be extremely happy. I've been over the moon ever since I got engaged—I just can't stop looking at my ring!
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reach for the moon

To set one's goals or ambitions very high; to try to attain or achieve something particularly difficult. My parents always taught me to reach for the moon when I was growing up—that I could be anything I set my mind to! With all that money, you could do whatever you want. Reach for the moon, kiddo!
See also: moon, reach

think (one) hung the moon

To consider someone to be extraordinary, the best, or exceptionally wonderful. Your little sister absolutely adores you. She thinks you hung the moon!
See also: hung, moon, think

ask for the moon

Fig. to make outlandish requests or demands for something, such as a lot of money or special privileges. She's asking for the moon, and she's not going to get it. Don't ask for the moon. Be reasonable!
See also: ask, moon

moon about someone or something

 and moon over someone or something
Fig. to pine or grieve about someone or something. Stop mooning about your cat. Cats always come back eventually. Jill is still mooning over Robert.
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moon something away

Fig. to waste time pining or grieving. Don't moon the whole year away! You have mooned away half the year. Now pull yourself together!
See also: away, moon

once in a blue moon

Cliché very seldom. Jill: Does your husband ever bring you flowers? Ellen: Once in a blue moon. Once in a blue moon, I buy a fashion magazine, just to see what people are wearing.
See also: blue, moon, once

promise the moon (to someone)

 and promise someone the moon
to make extravagant promises to someone. Bill will promise you the moon, but he won't live up to his promises. My boss promised the moon, but never gave me a raise.
See also: moon, promise

think someone hung the moon (and stars)

 and think someone is God's own cousin
Rur. to think someone is perfect. Joe won't listen to any complaints about Mary. He thinks she hung the moon and stars. Jim is awful stuck-up. He thinks he's God's own cousin.
See also: hung, moon, think

once in a blue moon

almost never Once in a blue moon I'll have a beer with friends, but it's not my regular drink.
Etymology: based on the informal phrase blue moon (the second time in one month that you can see the full disk of the moon )
See also: blue, moon, once

over the moon

extremely pleased and happy When he sent me flowers and a note, I was over the moon.
See also: moon

ask/cry for the moon

to want something that is not possible (usually in continuous tenses) There's no point hoping for a permanent peace in the area. It's like asking for the moon.
See also: ask, moon

be over the moon

to be extremely pleased about something Marie got the job. She's over the moon.
See promise the moon, reach for the moon
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many moons ago

a long time ago I only have the faintest memory of that time. It all happened many moons ago.
See also: ago, many, moon

once in a blue moon

very rarely My sister lives in Alaska, so I only get to see her once in a blue moon. I don't know why I bought that CD-ROM for my computer - I only ever use it once in a blue moon.
See once in a lifetime, once upon a time
See also: blue, moon, once

promise (somebody) the moon

  (British, American & Australian) also promise (somebody) the earth (British & Australian)
to promise something impossible He had promised her the earth but five years later they were still living in the same small house.
See also: moon, promise

reach for the moon/stars

to try to achieve something that is very difficult If you want success, you have to reach for the moon.
See come to a crossroads
See also: moon, reach

ask for the moon

Make an unreasonable demand, request the unattainable, as in $1,000 for her birthday? Mary might as well be asking for the moon. This hyperbolic idiom appeared in the mid-1800s in slightly different form. Charles Dickens had it as cry for the moon (in Bleak House, 1852) and William Makepeace Thackeray as wish for the moon (in Lovell the Widower, 1860). Today ask is the most common version.
See also: ask, moon

once in a blue moon

Rarely, once in a very long time, as in We only see our daughter once in a blue moon. This term is something of a misnomer, because an actual blue moon-that is, the appearance of a second full moon in the same calendar month-occurs every 32 months or so. Further, the moon can appear blue in color at any time, depending on weather conditions. [Early 1800s]
See also: blue, moon, once


1. n. the buttocks. He rubbed his plump moon where he had been kicked, but said no more.
2. tv. & in. to show (someone) one’s nude posterior through a window (usually of an automobile). (see also mooner, gaucho.) When the plane flew over Cuba, this guy named Victor actually mooned a Russian MIG that flew by.

once in a blue moon

mod. rarely. Once in a blue moon I have a little wine with dinner.
See also: blue, moon, once

over the moon

In a state of great happiness.
See also: moon
References in classic literature ?
Now many moons had gone by since Umslopogaas became a king of the wolves, and he was a man full grown, a man fierce and tall and keen; a slayer of men, fleet of foot and of valour unequalled, seeing by night as well as by day.
The hunter's wife did as she was advised, and the first night the moon was full she sat and spun with a golden spinning-wheel, and then left the wheel on the bank.
But one evening when the moon was full they sat together watching their flocks, and the shepherd played upon his flute.
I shall go alone; these good folks imagine that the goddess of the moon has come to see them, and their superstition protects me; so have no fear, and each one remain at the post that I have assigned to him.
There, there," said Joe, "they're rather rough in their orders to their good moon and her divine sons.
The moon is stronger than man who looks on her, nor can she vary in her courses.
Yet I tell you that to-morrow night, about two hours before midnight, we will cause the moon to be eaten up for a space of an hour and half an hour.
The Selenites, do they exist, will respond by a similar figure; and, a communication being thus once established, it will be easy to form an alphabet which shall enable us to converse with the inhabitants of the moon.
I have looked at the question in all its bearings, I have resolutely attacked it, and by incontrovertible calculations I find that a projectile endowed with an initial velocity of 12,000 yards per second, and aimed at the moon, must necessarily reach it.
Consequently, their arrival on the lunar disc could not take place until the 5th of December at twelve at night, at the exact moment when the moon should be full, and not on the
He sat lifeless on the steps: the morning-star,* that is to say, the heavy wooden staff, headed with iron spikes, and which had nothing else in common with its sparkling brother in the sky, had glided from his hand; while his eyes were fixed with glassy stare on the moon, looking for the good old fellow of a spirit which still haunted it.
He looked up into the heavens and watched the moon and the stars.
Trout," he said, and his face beamed like a full moon.
But it was a liar with its pregnancy; and sooner will I believe in the man in the moon than in the woman.
This is wonderful and glorious," pronounced Saxon; "but it is not the valley of the moon.